US Automakers Draw Big Crowds at Detroit Auto Show

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) - Sharp designs with pizazz, power and elegance are
helping pull crowds to U.S automakers' exhibits at the public opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

General Motors' corner at Cobo Center appeared to be drawing the
biggest crowds Saturday afternoon. Dozens of people circled GM's
sport utility vehicles and sportier models like the Chevy Volt.

Ford Motor Co.'s and Chrysler's latest models also are garnering interest amid renewed optimism in the American auto industry.

New car and truck sales came in last year at 11.6 million, up 11 percent from 2009. December sales rose to 1.14 million, an 11 percent leap from a year earlier.

Auto Show organizers expect a higher attendance than last year's 714,000. The show runs through Jan. 23.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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